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Technology FCC chair backs SpaceX plan to provide broadband by satellite

02:15  15 february  2018
02:15  15 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is backing a proposal from Elon Musk's SpaceX to provide broadband using Patricia Cooper, vice president of satellite government affairs at SpaceX , at a Senate hearing in May detailed the companies plan to launch 4,425 operational

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a man holding a sign© Provided by The Hill Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is backing a proposal from Elon Musk's SpaceX to provide broadband using satellites.

"To bridge America's digital divide, we'll have to use innovative technologies," Pai said in a statement on Wednesday. "Satellite technology can help reach Americans who live in rural or hard-to-serve places where fiber optic cables and cell towers do not reach."

Pai also said the proposal would increase competition among internet service providers, and he encouraged the agency's commissioners to approve an application from SpaceX to begin the project.

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday recommended the agency approve Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s application to provide broadband services using satellite technologies in the U.S. and on a global basis. The proposal now goes to Pai’s four fellow

The initial satellite network would be smaller, however. " SpaceX anticipates that an initial deployment of as few as 800 satellites will be capable of providing Assuming the FCC moves ahead with the chairman 's proposal, SpaceX would be the first U.S. company to get the green light for delivering

According to the FCC, if the proposal is approved, it would be the first time an American company has been given permission to use low-Earth orbit satellites for providing broadband.

Other companies like OneWeb, Space Norway and Telesat are also pursuing similar projects, which have been approved by the FCC.

SpaceX is planning to launch several test broadband satellites on Saturday.

At a Senate hearing in May, Patricia Cooper, vice president of satellite government affairs at SpaceX, detailed the company's plan to launch 4,425 operational satellites from 2019 to 2024 to build the broadband network.

Cooper said satellites could help provide broadband access to rural communities.

"The common challenges associated with siting, digging trenches, laying fiber, and dealing with property rights are materially alleviated through a space-based broadband network," she said.

SpaceX gets FCC approval to provide satellite broadband .
Elon Musk plans to deploy 4,425 small satellites in low-Earth orbit to provide internet service in remote areas."This is the first approval of a US-licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies," the FCC said in a statement. "With this action, the commission takes another step to increase high-speed broadband availability and competition in the United States.

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